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Sports Nutrition for Tennis Players

  • Susie Parker-Simmons
  • Page LoveEmail author
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Introduction

Tennis is a sport that can be played both indoors and outdoors; on a variety of court services from grass, clay, and synthetic materials; and is intermittent in nature with the work to rest ratio depending on the playing style and court surface. Tennis involves both the upper and lower body, requires speed and agility with short sprints ranging from 1 to 12 per point, and rallies generally lasting 2–10 s [1, 2].

Professional tennis is played year long, and in 33 countries around the world, which introduces the players to constant international travel, different cultures, and cuisines. In major events, Grand Slam tournaments, the title is won over seven matches spread over a fortnight of competition. Players therefore play matches every second day ranging from best of 3 sets for women and 5 sets for men. Some players may play every day due to rain delays, or competing in more than one competition (singles, doubles, mixed doubles) [2]. In general, professional tennis...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Womens Tennis Association and United States Olympic CommitteeSt. PetersburgUSA
  2. 2.Nutrifit, Sport, Therapy, Inc.AtlantaUSA

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